As the New Year 2017 dawned yesterday, the Rainbow Coalition - which was swept to office with high hopes and expectations on January 8, 2015 - was facing political thunderstorms.
Sri Lankans have been warned to conserve water and electricity as the country braces for perhaps the worst drought since the early 1970s, with crop output down and possible shortages of drinking water, officials said. Disaster Management Minister Anura Yapa said the government was gearing up to deal with drought relief including food and water but early conservation efforts could help mitigate the coming crisis. Sri Lanka may need to bring down bowsers (road water tankers) to distribute water if the crisis got worse.
The most current local newspapers carried articles covering a Sri Lankan economy analysis by Professor Razeen Sally. I too was there to listen to him speaking his piece and want to add my mite congratulating him for the well-analysed sense he spoke and to state my appreciation to the organisers for presenting such an event.
During the most recent cabinet meeting, Sri Lanka decided to create a week for “national integration and reconciliation.” This will happen from January 8 to January 14 on an annual basis. How should this development be interpreted? Does this matter?
Fiasco might be a strong word, but it is fitting at least considering the Navy handling of the Journalist. For a while, because of this ‘fiasco,’ the bigger issue or the bigger Fiasco got blurred. The leasing of the Hambantota Port for 99 years at this stage of Sri Lanka’s economic development for just US$ 1.12 billion to a Chinese company (China Merchants Ports Holding Company) will have great repercussions for the country for a long period.
Despite the progress made over a few minor matters, since the silent revolution on January 8, 2015, which established the coalition government, no good governance has been established thus far and Sri Lanka is dangerously getting closer to relapsing into a “Rajapaksa dictatorship”, a renowned economist warned this week. According to Institute of Policy Studies Chairman Prof. Razeen Sally, Sri Lanka is currently just drifting without making much progress in any of the crucial fronts, which will soon make the whole landscape unstable, risking the country relapsing into “a Rajapaksa-like scenario” that existed in the past.
Early this month, a group of US naval officers flew out of the Mattala Rajapakse International Airport at Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka after a week-long training exercise with Sri Lankan naval and air force personnel.
Sri Lanka said Tuesday it was investigating a former navy sailor convicted of attempting to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi 25 years ago on suspicion of involvement in an alleged plot to kill its president.
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